Cheese graters. Train tracks. Lip zippers. Grillz.
Whatever you call them, braces are well-known for perfecting smiles and straightening teeth. But how do they affect your dental hygiene?
Clinically proven to remove up to 99% of plaque from worked areas, our Home Hygienist oral irrigator water flosser is an awesome tool to help you get in those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies to keep your teeth sparkling clean.
So what are the benefits of water flossers for braces? And how do you use it? Read on to learn about water flossers for braces: everything you need to know.
What is a water flosser?
A water flosser is a handheld device that sprays a high-pressured stream of water to remove food and debris between your teeth.
Our GENIE1 water flosser uses pulses of water under pressure to blast away what brushing and standard flossing can miss. Five power modes offer options for every comfort level. Included with your Home Hygienist water flosser are five handy attachments that will give you healthier gums and pearly whites in no time.
An oldie but a goodie, braces have been around since the dawn of time. Er, not quite - but for at least over 100 years.
Dental braces are wire-based orthodontic devices that align and straighten a person’s smile. They work by putting pressure on the teeth, slowly moving them into the right position.
Braces can solve all sorts of dental problems - like crowding, crooked teeth and gaps. They can even fix misaligned jaws.
Yup, it seems like there’s nothing braces can’t do - except let you floss. That’s when things get tricky.
We get it. You’re busy. You don’t have time to floss - and your braces make flossing a real headache. Is flossing really that important?
You bet it is. Flossing is one of the best things you can do to maintain your dental hygiene. Why? Because it’s the only plaque removal technique that lifts and removes food from in between your teeth.
Your toothbrush’s bristles can’t reach in between your teeth. And if that plaque isn’t removed, your mouth can be a breeding ground for:
Floss twice a day, morning and night, to ensure good dental hygiene and keep your mouth in tip-top shape.
Who can use a water flosser?
Anyone can use a water flosser! But for those with braces or non-removal bridgework, a water flosser is a godsend. That’s because water flossers make plaque removal from underwires or in between brackets a breeze.
Our Orthodontic Tip is perfect for anyone with braces, wires, bridges, crowns, and implants. Use this tip to simultaneously brush and rinse hard-to-reach places and areas that are inaccessible with standard dental floss.
Using a water flosser with braces: the benefits
A study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics found that a water flosser with a specialised orthodontic jet tip - like ours! - helped reduce plaque and bleeding gums in teenagers with braces.
How? With the power of water! Water flossers use strong pulses of water to clean in between your teeth, massaging the gum tissue and increasing circulation.
We hear you. Trying to use dental floss with braces can be a nightmare. Not to mention time-consuming. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
And after all the effort, you are left with sore, bleeding gums and untouched plaque. You may as well not bother.
Our GENIE1 water flosser is up to 3x as effective as standard dental floss at removing plaque around wires. That's why the Home Hygienist water flosser is a better way - making flossing faster, easier and more effective. This portable oral irrigator is even fun to use!
Many braces leave stains on teeth once they’re removed. These are called braces stains. They show up as white spots on the teeth around or just under where the brackets were. These white spots are areas of tooth decalcification or very early decay.
Don’t panic - your teeth aren’t falling out. They just fade over time. But prevention is always better than the cure. This is where the trusty water flosser comes in.
Maintaining excellent dental hygiene and plaque removal techniques is the number one way to avoid braces stains. The Home Hygienist GENIE1 features a 360° rotating head and shoots water 1200 times a minute at pressures up to 110 PSI, cleaning up to 99.9% of food residue and plaque that traditional brushing and flossing can miss or can’t reach.
Using a water flosser twice a day and after meals help banish the plaque that causes braces stains - they can reach those tight spaces around your brackets that your toothbrush can’t.
How to use a water flosser with braces
To get the most out of your water flosser, use it with the Orthodontic Tip. This allows you to simultaneously brush and rinse hard-to-reach places and areas that standard dental floss can’t clean.
Follow our simple step-by-step instructions for a cleaner, healthier mouth:
Fill the water flosser reservoir with lukewarm water and place it firmly on the base.
Adjust the pressure to low. Once you get used to the sensation, you can increase it.
Lean over your sink and place the tip of your water flosser in your mouth. Your face should be over your sink.
Turn your water flosser on. Close your lips to keep the water from splashing back. Instead, let it flow from your mouth into the sink.
Start at your back teeth. Point the tip of your water flosser towards your gum line and lightly brush in between your teeth, around your bracket and under your wire.
Move on to the next tooth.
Home Hygienist is an innovative company on a mission to bring convenient and effective dental products to you. Use one of the best dental hygiene practices in the comfort of your own home. Get your Home Hygienist water flosser here!
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